Ranging Ambitions in Business and Information Technology

SUNY Cobleskill’s Business and Information Technology students often find themselves in classes with those whose post-college plans have little in common with their own. Aspiring accountants, marketers, software designers, medical professionals, and scientists are among those earning Business and IT degrees.

According to Dr. Katrina Pearl, assistant professor and chair of the Business and IT Department, programs in the department help students move in the direction their individual goals dictate, while at the same time delivering an exhaustive education.

“We as a faculty find ourselves doing a lot of research,” says Dr. Pearl. “We are still part of the outside world, and we are still learning; we try to guide students any way we can.”

Entrepreneurial spirit, paired with theory-driven learning and real-world experience, combine to form a dynamic energy. Faculty members help students make industry connections, identify internships, and encourage the addition of degree minors. Each year, says Dr. Pearl, the theme of “hearing about the outside world, from the outside world” is vital to students successfully completing special projects. Guest lectures begin in the Freshman Cohort Seminar. Alumni routinely return to make presentations.

“We make investments with all of our students, and we find typically (that) investment matched,” says Dr. Pearl. She adds that the prospect of redesigning dual-degree policies to further-encourage students to earn multiple degrees is a frequent topic of conversation in department meetings. Beyond adding degree minors, faculty members encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a strategic approach to help develop students with wide-ranging ambitions.

Articulation agreements related to the Business and IT Department are in place for incoming students. These agreements, with more than 25 American colleges and universities, and three international institutions, span subjects such as information technology, business administration, and financial services. SUNY Cobleskill fosters multiple graduate school agreements in business and information technologies, including cybersecurity.

Feature photo: Business Administration student Davion James holds up a check for $100. James received the award upon being selected to compete in the 2019 Free Enterprise Marathon “Speak-Off” Competition at SUNY Plattsburgh. 

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